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Thinking Cap offers academic support for students who struggle to learn for a variety of reasons, the most common being dyslexia, ADHD, processing deficits, giftedness and students with multiple exceptionalities. We provide customized, research based, academic support implemented by educators specifically trained to work with this outside-the-box population.
PHILOSOPHY OF INSTRUCTION
Students who learn differently require a different philosophy of instruction. At our core we always meet the child “where s/he is at” academically regardless of age or grade level. From there we build programs customized for each child. For our students with learning deficits, we us the multi-sensory based Orton-Gillingham philosophy to guide program creation drawing from multiple resources to create just the right program for your child. For children who are gifted or have multiple exceptionalities, we draw from a number of researchers to plan sessions that cater to the child’s specific area exceptionality but also addresses the social and emotional concerns unique to this population.
We offer full psycho-educational assessment as well as targeted academic assessments which can compliment outside assessments. Our psycho-educational assessments may be diagnostic for specific learning deficits in reading, writing and mathematics. The results of our assessments may be used for purposes of planning intervention, securing public school services or purely for greater understanding of the child’s unique learning profile.
Unlike traditional tutoring, our one-on-one sessions focus on building up the underlying skills necessary for students with a specific learning deficit to rise to a level of competency within the academic settings. We create a fully customized program that takes into account not only a child’s learning needs but also addresses the process of accepting a learning and/or attention deficit. We know our clients are ready to graduate from our services not only when they have completed our academic program, but also when they are able to “own” their exceptionality as a unique part of their learning profile.
Though some learning experiences are best done one-on-one, other work best in groups. We offer a variety of camps and classes throughout the school year and summer. Past offerings focused on skills such as memorizing multiplication facts, organization and time management and improving reading comprehension.
We also offer small groups for gifted and 2E learners organized around particular areas of giftedness. These groups are unique to the Bozeman area and are developed with input from parents and students to create a place to truly work at a child’s accelerate level as well as experience a safe environment to hone social and emotional skills.
SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES
When a child is struggling, the family struggles too. Our support services for families range widely from advocacy at school meetings to ADHD coaching for parents. We also work with collaborative teams including speech therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists and pediatricians when it seems multiple experts should be involved. We are always available for direct consultation while to guide your child through their academic career.
WHO IS NOT A GOOD MATCH FOR THINKING CAP?
Though we think we are pretty good at what we do, we are not a good match for every learner. For instance, we do not offer homework help and we generally don’t work with adults. We’ve done limited work with children who have very high functioning autism or a traumatic brain injury, but only when working as part of a multidisciplinary team.
We are also not a good match for the following types of learners:
Learning differences caused by genetic syndromes
Still not sure? We are happy to meet with you to talk further.